Junior dos Santos is back to the championship course.
Even the 35-year-old dos Santos (21-5) looked sharp from the opening bell, using feints and leg bends into soften LeWIS (217, 1 NC) up. All the time, dos Santos did actually be wary of both LeWIS’s vaunted knock out power.
“Cigano” watched the first significant blow off the bout, landing a big overhand right that spanned LeWIS. He whiffed on a followup and not quite ate a counter left from LeWIS, but for the most part dos Santos avoided the worst of exactly what LeWIS had to give, for example a couple of notable high kicks which were blocked.
Near the ending of this initial, dos Santos landed a spinning kick into the mid-section that had LeWIS hunched over in pain and also the consequences of that attack did actually carry over into the next round. There, dos Santos picked his spots and ultimately linked to the other big right hand which left LeWIS turtled against the fence. Dos Santos fired away with punches until LeWIS dropped to his knees and also referee Herb Dean waved the bout off since LeWIS failed to defend himself against dos Santos’s follow-up strikes.
The state period of the stoppage has been 1:58 of round two.
Post-fight, dos Santos directed the Audience at InTrust Bank Arena in singing “Happy Birthday” because of his son after which declared his aim to battle for the heavyweight title .
“I don’t care for as long as I get active,” dos Santos explained. “I need fights, UFC. Man, to tell you the facts, how do these guys be in the front of me at the rankings? They put me , I don’t understand why, but that’so fine, that’so fine, ” I ’m here in order to fight and recover my belt. ”
Dos Santos has won three consecutive fights, together along with his last 2 coming by means of knockout.
Zaleski landed strikes to set up a take down and also Millender’s effort at a guillotine choke was readily hauled off. An ensuing onslaught resulted in Zaleski shooting Millender’s back where he immediately hunted for a tease. 2:35 in to round two, Millender was made to tap out to some rear-naked choke, his first loss in four UFC appearances.
Even the 32-year-old Brazilian’s last three wins have come through knockout or submission.
“I’m making history in the UFC,” Zaleski said in Portuguese afterwards (translation per MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz). “This really is my seventh triumph in a row, also it should be the eighth. Man, I need somebody from the best five. Everybody?
“Or the belt, no issue. Let’so fight. I would like to fight. I just would like to be appreciated in here and reveal my job out. ”
A potential welterweight brawl lived up to its billing as Niko Price (13-2, 1 NC) along with Tim Means (28-11-1, 1 NC) hauled down for almost five minutes until Price dropped Means with a ideal hook and finished with ground-and-pound together with 10 minutes remaining round one.
Price started out fast, damaging Means first with a flurry that forced methods to scoop Price up and slam him into the mat. Means worked to increase his own position, but Cost was able to get outside and turn back the battle to some match that was sensational. Still, Means looked to have steadied the boat and he was financing Cost up with direct punches which were choosing the markers. However, he walked right into a pinpoint counter in the Cost, which led to Price pouncing to a diminished Means for the final.
Price has won three of his last four fights, all by knockout or submission, while Means has lost three .
Returning from a hiatus of over 1,000 days, Ben Rothwell (36-11) watched his comeback despised by a gritty campaign from Blagoi Ivanov (17-2, 1 NC). The former Professional Fighters League heavyweight winner used a stick-and-move plan for three rounds, having short combinations to slow the advance of Rothwell. While the bout progressed, Rothwell increased his output and began to land combinations of his own.
Nose bloodied, Rothwell continued to press forward in round three and seemed to tug ahead in the dramatic department. However, it was too little too late so when the scorecards were read, each of 3 judges awarded the fight 29-28 into Ivanov.
This is Ivanov’s win in the UFC. Rothwell was still competing for the very first time since April 10, 2016, after working out a two-year USADA suspension.
After an action-packed first round that watched Dober wade through Dariush counters and put the pressure, the next was a more controlled affair since Dariush took Dober down with plenty of time and energy for you to get the job done. Dariush methodically worked to mount, throwing cries from top ranking and hunting for entries. Dober was able to prevent several dangerous positions, but eventually found himself in a unescapable armbar that had him submitting at the 4:41 mark of two.
With losing, Dober watched a three-fight win series. Dariush has won back-to-back contests.
Akhmedov used wash Boxing counters and also an exact right hand to bust Boetsch up and stay ahead on the scorecards all through their three-round encounter. From the next round, Akhmedov landed a straight right that badly damaged Boetsch’s nose. He maintained outside of Boetsch’s range in the third and proceeded to cancel en route to a trio of all 30-27 scores in his favor.